Christian Pulisic started his third straight game for Borussia Dortmund, which ran its goal production to 17 goals during that span with a 5-1 win at Wolfsburg.
performance wasn't quite like his Player of the Week performance in Dortmund's 6-0 win over Darmstadt and he exited at halftime with Dortmund ahead 2-0.
Pulisic once again showed the pace and moves that have bedazzled defenders but didn't
connect with his teammates like he did in his first two starts with Dortmund when he scored one goal and added three assists.
Tuesday's game was a lot closer than the 5-1 scoreline
indicated as Dortmund's Swiss keeper, Roman Buerki, made a half a dozen excellent saves.
But the game demonstrated that Pulisic, who turned 18 on Sunday, is firmly in the mix of
arguably Europe's most exciting young team with 22-year-old Portuguese Raphael Guerreiro and 19-year-old Frenchman Ousmane Dembele, who combined for two goals and two assists,
24-year-old German Mario Goetze and Pulisic forming a four-man midfield in front of German Julian Weigl, who turned 21 two weeks ago.
Guerreiro, Dembele and Goetze (back for
his second stint) were summer signings, while Weigl and Pulisic are second-year pros.
On the bench at Dortmund is Turkish-Dane Emre Mor, 19, and German Felix Passlack, 18.
Pulisic has been playing in part because 25-year-old German World Cup champion Andre Schuerrle has been injured, but his performances have certainly attracted a lot of attention.
He was named the Bundesliga Player of the Week for his goal and two assists against Darmstadt on Saturday. It already has started speculation about Pulisic's future at the club and whether Dortmund
will offer a contract extension to ward off interest from other clubs.
Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc tried to play down the hype, saying no contract discussions had taken
Dortmund, which tied a club record for goals in three games, won't have much time to rest. It faces Freiburg on Friday, then hosts Real Madrid in the Champions League on
GERMANY, Bundesliga TUESDAY: Timmy Chandler (Ein. Frankfurt), 90 minutes, 2-0 at FC
Ingolstadt Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), sub-13 minutes, 0-2 vs. Ein. Frankfurt Christian Pulisic (Bor. Dortmund), 45 minutes, 5-1 at Wolfsburg Bobby Wood
(Hamburg), 75 minutes, 0-1 at Freiburg WEDNESDAY: Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig), vs. Bor. Moenchengladbach John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), at Bayern Munich Julian Green
(Bayern Munich), vs. Hertha Berlin *Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), vs. Mainz Fabian Johnson (Bor. Moenchengladbach), at RB Leipzig *Suspended.